HFCC physical plant engineer, is spearheading the College’s
involvement in the clean-up. Greco seeks volunteers to help with
this effort. Each year this effort averages between 40-50
To date, Greco has enlisted the help of Boy Scout Troop 1127 out
of Dearborn, as well as several HFCC faculty and staff members.
The College will provide hot dogs, chips, and beverages for
those involved in the clean-up.
The Rouge River runs 127 miles throughout Metro Detroit, flowing
into the Detroit River at Zug Island, which is the boundary
between River Rouge and Detroit. The Rouge River’s watershed –
roughly 467 square miles – includes 48 municipalities and drains
into a large portion of central and northwest Wayne County, as
well as Oakland County and Washtenaw County. The majority of the
entire drainage basin is in urban and suburban areas with more
than 50 miles flowing through public lands.
HFCC is no stranger to the preservation of the Rouge River. In
2004, the College received a $708,300 Clean Michigan Initiative
(CMI) matching grant from the Michigan Dept. of Environmental
Quality (DEQ) to preserve and enhance the Rouge River watershed
as a natural ecological, recreational and historical resource
for Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit and several Downriver
The grant allowed the College to implement an innovative plan to
reduce the impact of storm water run-off from HFCC’s main campus
parking lot into the Rouge River, which helped curtail erosion
of the riverbank at Kingfisher Bluff. The river and the bluff
run along the western edge of the main campus.
The water run-off into the Rouge introduces a number of
contaminants, including salt and oil, which degrades the water
quality. Erosion of the riverbank causes excess sediment to flow
into the river.
“The College realizes the importance of raising the awareness of
the Rouge River watershed through as many means possible. It has
also cooperated with several other organizations in an effort to
preserve the Rouge River. The work we’re doing is very
worthwhile and for a good cause, especially since the Rouge
River is an important natural resource that is beneficial to
everyone and enhances the quality of life for area residents and
visitors,” said Greco.
Greco said that volunteers should come dressed to get dirty and
recommends they wear sturdy work boots. Work gloves and tools
will be available.
For further information and/or to volunteer, contact Greco at
313.845.9604 or via email at
PHOTO CUT LINE: HFCC's Kingfisher Bluff on campus overlooks an
area of the Rouge River.